Facebook has rounded yet another corner in the world of social media: providing healthcare options for people. It sounds crazy, that this site that is geared towards drawing people into each other’s lives is now making its rounds in the healthcare niche, but it also makes surprising sense. Where else can you connect almost effortlessly with billions of people? Not many places, that’s for sure.
“Health is social. Any media, any technologies that enable those connections and encourage collaboration will only lead to a better healthcare system,”
With the rapid expansion of Facebook over the past several years, it was only a matter of time before the social forum reached out to big businesses such as healthcare. What started as a way to connect college students expanded almost overnight to encompass high schools, then individuals around the world, before gaining its foothold in the business sector as well.
“How can physicians and other care providers’ help patients get the healthcare that they need without them coming into the office? Social media can serve a great need there,”
It doesn’t just stop there, though. Facebook and its billions of users, and really social media platforms in general, have the unique ability to connect people who are suffering from the same health concerns on an international level – and most people can attest to the fact that it’s easier to face many life ordeals when you have someone to talk to that truly understands what you’re going through.
The main concern of using social media platforms such as Facebook for sensitive issues like healthcare is one that is certainly a legitimate concern: over sharing. But Facebook has made a business out of over sharing, and – if done correctly – this foray into healthcare could be a huge step forward for saving lives.